Global Logistics Firm Grows By Leaps and Bounds in its Portland Home
UTi Worldwide grew from 14 employees to more than 230 in just 18 months thanks in part to a $250,000 loan from Business Oregon.
A $150,000 Business Oregon loan helped Kettle Foods undertake an $8.4 million planned expansion of its Salem production plant in late 2010 to meet increased demand for its Kettle Brand potato chips.
The expansion is expected to create more than 15 new jobs and increase production capacity at the plant by 25 percent. The expansion will facilitate broader distribution of Kettle products on the West Coast and in the Southwest.
The Salem facility, which opened in 1999, and currently has more than 180 production and distribution employees, produces approximately half of the nation's supply of the Kettle Brand product line. The newly expanded facility is expected to open in the second quarter of 2011.
This project represents a successful public-private sector partnership between Diamond Foods, which purchased Kettle Foods in early 2010, Business Oregon, the Marion County Economic Development Commission, the city of Salem and the Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR) of Marion and Polk counties.
Oregon strives to create a complementary relationship between a clean environment and a robust economy, taking innovative and long-term views when investing in economic development.